You can help with this project by. Good lighting and magnification can help avoid errors. . Let's say that you've got the manufacturer and model number, and perhaps a name as well. I can't find my radio on the Internet—does that mean it's rare? A: The Victor Talking Machine Co. In addition to technical data, such as schematics, these references will often tell you when your radio was made. Specialized guides, such as the Hallicrafter's book by Chuck Dachis, may include a picture of every radio listed and give more detailed information.
Remove the two screws that secure the outer ends of the board if present , and mind the cables. Many Victrolas have a suffix letter after the serial number. No book lists all of those radios. And there were brief fads for certain design elements such as mirrored glass cabinets or tuners shaped like rotary telephone dials. For that matter, for the most part Custom business likewise fell precipitously from its 1966 peak.
Honestly, most of the radios sold over those decades are not very interesting. Blocks of serial numbers were sometimes skipped when design revisions were made to a particular model. Dec 1962 codes adopted in the wake of Dynagroove was supposed to supersede all that. Some numbers in the 1000 and 4900 blocks had this alternate prefix. During the mid-teens, Victrola dealers often replaced the stickers of phonographs in stock with updated versions, due to patent or license changes. I don't know if they did the mastering, or if it was.
Compared to the decade's end, things were considerably simpler at this point. And now that we've gotten that little sermon out of the way, on to the methods for identifying your radio. Every manufacturer was free to make up its own scheme, and often a given manufacturer would change its numbering scheme over the years. The inside pages have three columns for Title, Artist, and Record Number. Some Canadian and export models are covered for informational purposes only. I know that Italy kept with the 1955-era formula for dating up to 1969 Uxxx.
In other cases, cautious use of an exacto-knife can prove helpful. Radio collectors may be able to help. Or is it not 100% sure that the mastering was done there and it could just be that the number came from there but it was mastered somewhere else? As not all blocks are accounted for namely, Hollywood , there may be some gaps that other Discog'ers would likely fill in the blanks at a future time should they know of same. Oddly, in New York, after reaching 0999, the next block they went to was 2000, almost duplicating the first few numbers in the Chicago block before the year was out. L Ox-: - 0200's - New York L9Ox only - 0300's - New York L7Ox and L8Ox only - 0700's - Hollywood - 1100's - New York L9Ox only - 1600's - Nashville - 2100's - New York L9Ox only; assigned between c. We encourage the of photographs of serial numbers to our. It is duly entered into the first post in this thread.
This particular model is one of the more collectible of the mass produced Victor Victrolas. On your Victrola you can see the different sized wells to place the Victrola needles. For example, my was made in 1941. This was the year that the phaseout of mono albums was completed. Too much pressure will damage the plate and could remove the contrasting black paint on the plate. There is no single place to find all this diverse information, but the quest can be an enjoyable pastime in itself. That's why the patent numbers are shown.
You can still identify the set, although it may take some detective work. In addition, Victor ceased regularly updating stickers on many models after 1918, and thus it is not uncommon to find a 1922 Victrola with a 1918 sticker attached. In 1906, the Victrola was crafted like a fine piece of furniture. Now for another turning-point year in music, 1968. The earliest of this model has a serial number of 509 and the latest 275574.
No combination of books and websites lists all of them. There is some misleading information on the Internet about the Spanish and Japanese text on the metal plaque. I've added the label matrix numbers to that release. In some instances, a letter prefix may be found before the serial number see Canadian machine tag below. As stated above, most Victrola internal horn serialization started at 501 for each model, and ran sequentially through the production run. As always, many thanks for your help! In the days when label copy was prepared on cards typed on typewriters which had no number '0' among the keys, thus they used a letter 'O' in lieu thereof ditto for old-fashioned typewriters where people would use a letter 'I' in place of number '1' if such number was not among the keys , such confusion was commonplace. In the third and fourth characters there were two different categories: records, and master tapes.